dglobalnews.com Trump Wants Options to End North Korea Nuclear Threat, Security Aide Says
Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Trump Wants Options to End North Korea Nuclear Threat, Security Aide Says

Trump Wants Options to End North Korea Nuclear Threat, Security Aide Says

With some observers now talking about the possibility of US military action against North Korea, a lawmaker from Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday said such a scenario was unlikely as a military strike against the North could precipitate a nuclear attack on the South or Japan.

"This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime, so the President has asked us to be prepared to give him a full range of options to remove that threat to the American people and our allies and partners in that region", McMaster said on "Fox News Sunday".

On Sunday, North Korean officials called the USA action in Syria "absolutely unpardonable", and claimed the strike proved that its own nuclear weapons were justified to protect the country against Washington's "evermore reckless moves for a war".

North Korea lashed out at the US missile strike on a Syrian air base, calling it an "absolutely unpardonable" act that only justifies its nuclear-weapons program.

He said that Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed at their summit in Florida last week that Pyongyang's "provocative behavior" developing nuclear weapons was unacceptable.

The response came with the grand bluster normally included in statements by North Korea.

During the visit which is expected to last till Thursday or Friday, Wu will also reportedly meet with presidential candidates here in a bid to win them over to China's emphasis on talks as the resolution of the North Korean issue.

For its part, the North test-launched a ballistic missile just ahead of the Trump-Xi meeting and has been rumored to be preparing for a possible nuclear test.

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The strike group includes its namesake aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, as well as three guided-missile destroyers.

From past year, North Korea took the rare step of publicising images of its missile equipment tests, convincing analysts that Pyongyang's banned programme was further along toward successfully testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) than first thought.

North Korea said Sunday that US missile strikes against Syria last week were "absolutely unpardonable", according to a Korean Central News Agency report citing a foreign ministry spokesman.

Speaking on a TV program, Ichita Yamamoto, a lawmaker involved in North Korea policy issues inside the party, said that because of the nuclear factor, the United States would be more careful toward North Korea than toward Syria.

The unidentified official told the Korean Central New Agency the airstrikes were "absolutely unpardonable", and proves Pyongyang is justified in having nuclear weapons.

North Korea considers Syria an ally.

"It does seem to suggest that Trump is more willing to pull the trigger than Obama", said Robert Kelly, a political science professor at South Korea's Pusan National University. -China summit fueled speculation that it was also meant as a signal that Trump may act against North Korea if it doesn't curb its nuclear ambitions.

"They have indicated that they will and I think we need to allow them time to take actions", Tillerson said of China.

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